A favourite author of mine is Maeve Binchy, 1940-2012. I can’t remember when I first started to read her books but I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.
She makes you fall in love with the characters and the setting and many of the books have overlapping characters and places. Quentins pops up in many of her books and there is a book all about it.
Her stories get you involved in the everyday life of everyday people.
When I came across a book I hadn’t read … Minding Frankie, written in 2010, … I immediately plucked it from the shelf of the library. Frankie is a new baby girl who captures everyone’s love and attention. It gives new meaning to the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Emily arrives from the United States to connect with her homeland and family in Ireland. She immediately fits in and becomes entwined with all the neighbours. Noel discovers that he is the father of a soon to be born baby girl. The mother is terminally ill and wants Noel to raise the child. There is Moira, the social worker, who wants to set out to prove that Noel is an unfit father. He is turning his life around by attending AA meetings and taking classes at the community college. He has a network of family, friends and neighbours set up to look after Frankie when he is working or at college. Muttie and his family are in this story and we’ve met him in previous books. It is revealed he has cancer and not long at all to live. Lisa has left home, is in a one sided love affair and wants to improve herself at college as well. There is the local doctor, the priest, the hair dresser, and others.
The book shows how all these people are intertwined. There are many little independent stories that go on as the main story continues. It’s like its own little village in Dublin.
Some of my favourite books are Circle of Friends, Scarlett Feather, Quentins and Tara Road. Unfortunately no photos of the book covers. It has been awhile since I read any of her books, so it just might be time to read them again.
Have you read any Maeve Binchy books? If so, what was your favourite?
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